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BB gun 'may have been brandished' in Carlisle incident

The scene of the incident. Credit: ITV Border

Police are continuing to investigate "reports of disorder and assault' in the Denton Holme area of Carlisle yesterday evening (3 December).

Officers will be in the local area today, speaking to witnesses and local people to establish exactly what happened.

Armed police and dog handlers were called to the Graham Street and Denton Street area as a precaution at around 9:15pm, to reports of a fight between a group of men, in which two people may have been assaulted.

Police have now confirmed that one of the men involved had a BB gun - a type of air gun.

Officers will be in the local area of Denton Holme today to continue their investigation into exactly what happened last night following reports of disorder. We can confirm that following initial investigations that one of the men had in his possession a BB gun, which may have been brandished in the altercation.

We would like to reassure the local community that this was an isolated incident.

We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who know the men involved to contact us and assist with our investigations. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 and ask to speak to an officer from Carlisle CID.

– Inspector Richard Quinn

Police were looking for the driver of a Punto who left the area yesterday, they can confirm that the driver of the vehicle has been identified and has been spoken to by Officers.


Hospital bosses 'saddened' by woman's death

Police are continuing their investigations into the death of a woman in a Cumbrian hospital.

Officers were called in by the coroner after 44-year-old Sharon Grierson died at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle last Monday.

A spokesman for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said they were saddened by her death but add that it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.

"We are deeply saddened by the death of a 44-year-old patient and we wish to express our sympathy to the patient’s family.

"We cannot comment further about the circumstances surrounding the patient’s death due to the current police investigation."

– Spokesperson, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust


High-speed rail plans will slash Carlisle to London times

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Plans for the HS2 high-speed rail link would cut the journey from Carlisle to London to two hours and 33 minutes, according to a report published today.

It's been produced by the government, in collaboration with local authorities including the City Council and outlines how the high-speed rail link could benefit businesses in Carlisle.

The report says plans are underway for a transport hub at Carlisle station, which would bring new businesses, jobs, and £40million into the local economy every year.

"Two years ago, local leaders asked me to make sure that HS2 was fully integrated into the existing transport and local economies. It's an aspiration we've sought to realise, but even I underestimated how far that that principle would take us.

"Much of the early focus on HS2 has been on journey times to London. However, as the Changing Britain: HS2 taking root report and Carlisle's work proves, it is the inter-regional benefits and early planning from Councils and Local Authorities to harness these which will transform areas such as Carlisle in the longer term."

– David Higgins, HS2 Chairman

Blues on the verge of setting all-time club record this weekend

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Carlisle United are preparing to face Stevenage at the weekend, on the verge of setting an all-time club record for the longest unbeaten start to the season.

The Blues are third in League Two, having played thirteen games without a loss in the campaign so far.

Club captain, Danny Grainger, says the squad's focus remains on promotion:

First and foremost, we need to go down there and get the three points, make sure we are in the automatic places come five o'clock on Saturday. That's our first goal.

Obviously it is nice to pass records as we are going. The lads are very proud of what we are achieving at the moment. But again, we need to get promoted. That is the big thing this season."

– Danny Grainger, Captain, Carlisle United

Armed officers arrest man at Carlisle station

Police were called. Credit: PA

Cumbria Police has confirmed that armed officers were deployed to Carlisle railway station last night.

At 8:35pm on Monday 17 October they were called to reports of a man behaving in a suspicious manner.

Armed and unarmed officers were sent, and arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a section 4 public order offence.

He is currently in custody.

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